TABUK CITY, Kalinga – From November 22 to 25, the Regional Office of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) presented a four-day roll-out training on the ‘Yakap Bayan’ Program (YBP) at M Hotel.
The participants were largely social workers from the province’s municipal and city social welfare and development offices, as well as police officers who deal with situations of people who use illegal drugs and substances.
The YKP, according to Brenda Consolacion of the Cordillera office of the DSWD’s Social Technology Unit, is a comprehensive intervention that assists recovering individuals who used drugs (RPWUDs) in recovering and healing from the effects of drugs so they can return to society as productive and law-abiding citizens.
She explained that the initiative acknowledges that PWUDs can be turned into assets to aid in the country’s growth.
According to Consolation, the roll-out training greatly aids social workers and other critical staff of local social welfare agencies, including police officers, in facilitating the social reintegration of people who have a history of using illegal drugs.
Social exclusion of present and past drug users is prevented or reversed through social reintegration, which is one of the YBP’s goals, supporting the recovery process and helping to maintain the outcomes gained during treatment.
Orientation on the YBP; understanding drugs, drug abuse, and drug addiction; multidisciplinary team case; engaging and preparing the families of RPWUDs; supportive communities and institutions for RPWUDs; relapse management and aftercare interventions; and supportive environment for the reintegration of RPWUDs were among the seven modules covered during the four-day training.
The activity provided social worker participants from the City Social Welfare and Development Office with extra knowledge on how to successfully help their clients, particularly children, recover faster from the harmful effects of illegal drugs. By Darwin S. Serion